Twenty-six albums in, Loudon Wainwright’s signature is etched even more deeply into the American songsmith grain on Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet). Voiced in blues, roots, rock, country, folk, and even swing-jazz, his funny, biting, often tender observations of the four D’s — decay, death, depression, and drinking — are all present, as are his […]

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In many ways, U2 took their fondness for sonic bombast as far as it could go on War, so it isn’t a complete surprise that they chose to explore the intricacies of the Edge’s layered, effects-laden guitar on the follow-up, The Unforgettable Fire. Working with producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, U2 created a dark, […]

While he’s well loved by singer/songwriter fans and earnest roots rockers, Alejandro Escovedo has never made a secret of his love of Mott the Hoople, David Bowie, T. Rex, and other ’70s rock acts with a glittery undertow, and his long-ago work with his band Buick MacKane proved he could walk it like he talked […]

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Tense, pacy and dynamic, Yann Demange’s feature debut ‘71 frames the Irish Troubles in thriller terms. The set-up is quick and clean. Rising star Jack O’ Connell plays Hook, a young British soldier dispatched with his battalion to Belfast to ‘monitor’ the volatile situation. “I’m not even leaving the country so you’ve got nothing to […]

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This film is another one of Scarlett Johansons fascinating recent parts, and an interesting companion piece to Under The Skin. In both these films she plays bizarre characters, and plays them well. She has developed in her acting ability, and it is important to see a female picking both interesting roles and playing something other […]

Yet another commemorative box set from Def Jam, this one, released in 2014, ironically contains less of the dominant rap and R&B label’s music than Def Jam Music Group Inc. 10th Year Anniversary (1995) and Def Jam Recordings 25th Anniversary (2009). Packaged to look like a turntable and stuffed with a T-shirt, it’s more a […]

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Director :- Richard Laxton This sad period drama screen play written by Emma Thompson and it unfortunately it shows how, in Victorian England, so many young girls entered into a marriage that it is all for the males convenience. This story is of a young Scottish lass ‘Effie’ Gray (Dakota Fanning) who is married to […]

The third and last of the Pistol Annies to deliver her own solo record, Angaleena Presley operates on a more intimate scale than either Miranda Lambert or Ashley Monroe. Lambert trades on her bravado, Monroe on her savviness, but Presley relies on subtlety on American Middle Class, her long-awaited 2014 solo debut. Attitude isn’t of […]

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It took a time to make it to a showing of Pride, but I eventually spent two hours in the company of pits, perverts, miners and the finest ensemble this summer, and it warmed an autumnal day completely. In 1984, Great Britain was a nation of two sides, blue and red, left and right, privileged […]

Canadian-born musician Spencer Krug formed solo vehicle Moonface around the time his well-loved indie band Wolf Parade went into a state of indefinite dormancy and his other project, Sunset Rubdown, also disbanded. A talented and prolific songwriter, Krug immediately set to work on Moonface, using his first few albums to explore instrumental sketches and conceptual […]

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The Kink Kontroversy was a considerable leap forward in terms of quality, but it pales next to Face to Face, one of the finest collections of pop songs released during the ’60s. Conceived as a loose concept album, Face to Face sees Ray Davies’ fascination with English class and social structures flourish, as he creates […]

In a town where rock bands tend to sound raw and muscular, Boston’s Scruffy the Cat were an engaging anomaly, a group whose music was a tuneful mix of pop and rootsy rock & roll, with just a dash of country and folk-rock; the banjo and steel guitar gave the tunes a rural flavor, though […]

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Directors:- Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin This warm hearted comedy is set in the Scotland as Doug McLeod (David Tennent) takes his family on holiday for his dads’ 75th birthday party. Doug and Abi (Rosamond Pike) are dealing with a messy divorce who try to put their problems aside, not at all well might I […]

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